September 29th marks the 201st birthday of Elizabeth!
♪ ♫ Happy birthday dear authoress! ♪ ♫ Happy birthday to you!!
I love how Gaskell’s writing is so compassionately human, in her earlier works there’s a desire to increase society’s awareness of the Victorian working class. Cranford and Wives and Daughters are charming with their imperfect characters like Miss Matty with whom she shows human foibles with such gentleness; she makes you smile at the characters, love them, and feel protective towards them, as you would a dear friend.
Today also marks the first anniversary of Gaskell Blog! I knew little more about Mrs. Gaskell than what I had seen in the beautiful adaptations of her novels, and founded this blog to share as I learn. 2010-2011 focused a lot on her writing, here are some event highlights:
- 2011 Gaskell Reading Challenge
- Cranford Group Read
- The Moorland Cottage Group Read
- Ruth vol. 1 Analysis and Annotations Series
- April Showers: Daily Quotes of Elizabeth Gaskell
- Postal Delivery: Daily Quotes from Elizabeth Gaskell’s Letters
- The Picnic at Cranford, a Blog Tour (upcoming)
This next year 2011-2012 information on Gaskell’s life will have some more attention.
I write for my readers and other Gaskell enthusiasts, please, tell me what you’ve enjoyed; what you’d like more of, and what didn’t really interest you! Constructive criticism and suggestions are always welcome!